46. A christian home
O give us homes built firm upon the saviour,
Where christ is head and counsellor and guide;
Where ev’ry child is taught his love and favour,
And gives his heart to christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho’ his foot-steps waver,
His faithful lord is walking by his side!
O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho’ days be dark and grim.
O give us homes where christ is lord and master,
The bible read, the precious hymns still sung;
Where pray’r comes first in peace or in disaster;
And praise is natural speech to evr’y tongue;
Where mountains move before a faith that’s vaster;
And christ sufficient is for old and young.
O lord, our god, our homes are thine forever!
We trust to thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If thou art always lord and master there:
Be thou the centre of our least endeavour –
Be thou our guest, our hearts and homes to share.
1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)